- A South African man has won Mr. Deaf World
- The competition was held in Mpumalanga
- He is the first Mr Deaf SA representative to win the competition
A South African has won the Mr Deaf World title. Phumelela Maphukata from Simons Town, Western Cape said that he was amazed by the win. He is the first Mr Deaf SA representative to place in the competition.
The competition was held in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. It is aimed at giving the deaf community a voice. They are judged on their personality, intelligence and talent.
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India's Vidisha took the prize for Miss Deaf World. The pageant also crowned Mr and Miss Asia and Europe - China won Mr Deaf Asia with Thailand winning Miss Deaf Asia. Mr Deaf Europe went to the Ukraine and Miss Deaf Europe was won by the Czech Republic.
Organiser Jacques Lombard said the competition is all about awareness and job creation. The president of the competition, Joseph Uhlir, said that deaf people are just the same as everyone else:
"Our goal is to help them and place them in society."
Briefly.co.za reported that a hearing-impaired couple, Ezemba Ndubueze and Udousoro Comfort, got tied together in holy matrimony at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enugwu Nanka in Nigeria. They showed that love has no limits and triumphs over everything else.
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